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Basketball: Pac-10 at Vegas, Day 9

Here’s how former Pac-10 players fared Saturday in NBA summer league play at Las Vegas:

– DALLAS MAVERICKS 73, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 54.  DM: Luke Jackson (Ore) 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 22 minutes; Alfred Aboya (UCLA) 1 point, 2 rebounds, 14 minutes; OCT: James Harden (ASU) 11 points, 3-8 FGs, 4 rebounds, 22 1/2 minutes; DeVon Hardin (Cal) 10 points, 8 rebounds, 30 minutes; Kyle Weaver (WSU) 0 points, 0-3 FGs, 2 rebounds, 16 minutes.

– CHICAGO BULLS 90, NEW YORK KNICKS 84.  CB: Josh Shipp (UCLA) 6 points, 13 1/2 minutes; Taj Gibson (USC) DNP; Lorenzo Mata-Real (UCLA) DNP.  NYK: Jordan Hill (Ariz) 16 points, 9 rebounds, 9 PF.

– NEW ORLEANS HORNETS 100, MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 96.  NOH: Darren Collison (UCLA) 18 points, 5-8 FGs, 16 minutes.

– MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 97, PHOENIX SUNS 60.  PS: Robin Lopez (Stan) 1 point, 4 rebounds, 23 minutes.

– WASHINGTON WIZARDS 74, LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 64.  WW: Dominic McGuire (Cal) 4 poiints, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 34 minutes; Nick Young (USC) 19 points, 5-14 FGs, 7-7 FTs, 8 TOs, 33 minutes.

– PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 91, SAN ANTONIO SPURS 74.  PT: Jeff Pendergraph (ASU) 14 points, 10 rebounds, 27 minutes; Jerryd Bayless (Ariz) 18 points, 5 rebounds, 7 TOs, 27 minutes; Bobby Jones (Wash) 2 points, 4 rebounds, 21 minutes; SAS: Malik Hairston (Ore) 9 points, 24 minutes.

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Basketball: Pac-10 at Vegas, Day 8

Here’s a rundown of how former Pac-10 players fared Friday in NBA summer league play at Las Vegas:

– SACRAMENTO KINGS 84, NEW YORK KNICKS 71.  SK: Jon Brockman (Wash) 2 points, 1-5 FGs, 15 rebounds, 33 minutes; Spencer Hawes (Wash) DNP; NYK: Jordan Hill (Ariz) 8 points, 3-11 FGs, 12 rebounds, 28 minutes.

– MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 89, WASHINGTON WIZARDS 82.  WW: Dominic McGuire (Cal) 8 points, 11 rebounds. 33 1/2 minutes; Nick Young (USC) 23 points, 8-17 FGs, 29 1/2 minutes. 

– CHICAGO BULLS 80, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 74.  CB: Josh Shipp (UCLA) 0 points, 0 rebounds, 8 1/2 minutes; Taj Gibson (USC) DNP; OCT: James Harden (ASU) 20 points, 4-9 3PT, 5 assists, 34 1/2 minutes; DeVon Hardin (Cal) 9 points, 4 rebounds, 15 minutes; Kyle Weaver (WSU) 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 35 minutes.

– DENVER NUGGETS 111, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 93.  PT: Jeff Pendergraph (ASU) 7 points, 9 rebounds, 23 1/2 minutes; Jerryd Bayless (Ariz) 19 points, 8-17 FGs, 5 rebounds.

– PHOENIX SUNS 95, D-LEAGUE SELECT 89.  PS: Robin Lopez (Stan) 10 points.

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Football: Pac-10 ballot — No. 9

No. 9: Washington. It’s a long way up for the Huskies, who went 0-12 last season and looked shockingly slow and unphysical in the process. If quarterback Jake Locker can stay healthy, Washington instantly becomes substantially better. But he still doesn’t have much of a supporting cast. Deposed coach Tyrone Willingham brought in a promising recruiting class during his last year in Seattle, and new coach Steve Sarkisian has already locked up some top prospects. In other words, thing might look a little more cheery in the future. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the present still looks pretty bleak.

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Basketball: Pac-10 at Vegas, Day 7

Here’s how former Pac-10 players fared Thursday in NBA summer league play at Las Vegas:

– TORONTO RAPTORS 84, MILWAUKEE BUCKS 83.  TR: DeMar DeRozan (USC) 20 points, 6 rebounds, 20 minutes. DeRozan is averaging 17.0 ppg through 5 games; MB: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA) DNP; Salim Stoudamire (Ariz) DNP.

– HOUSTON ROCKETS 92, LOS ANGELES LAKERS 77. HR: Maarty Leunen (Ore) 9 points, 7 rebounds, 32 minutes; Chase Budinger (Ariz) 25 points, 7-9 FGs, 26 1/2 minutes; Rod Benson (Cal) DNP; Hassan Adams (Ariz) DNP.  LAL: Taylor Rochestie (WSU) 4 points, 18 minutes; Mustafa Shakur (Ariz) 2 points, 1-4 FGs, 10 1/2 minutes; Aron Baynes (WSU) 6 points, 12 minutes.

– GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 104, NEW ORLEANS HORNETS 84. GSW: Lawrence Hill (Stan) 13 points, 4 rebounds, 16 1/2 minutes; Jamal Sampson (Cal) DNP; (OK, so Anthony Morrow didn’t play in the Pac-10, but thought you’d like to know he scored a Vegas summer league record 47 points!).  NOH: Darren Collison (UCLA) 14 points, 4-14 FGs, 4 assists, 30 minutes.

– SAN ANTONIO SPURS 85, OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 76.  SAS: Malik Hairston (Ore) 16 points, 6 rebounds, 34 1/2 minutes; OCT: Kyle Weaver (WSU) 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 TOs, 35 1/2 minutes; DeVon Hardin (Cal) 4 points, 2 rebounds, 15 1/2 minutes; James Harden (ASU) DNP.

– CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 75, DALLAS MAVERICKS 62.  DM: Luke Jackson (Ore) 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 18 minutes; Alfred Aboya (UCLA) 0 points, 0 rebounds, 2 minutes.

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Football: Pac-10 ballot — No. 10

Starting today, I will count down the ballot I submitted for the preseason media poll, beginning at No. 10:

No. 10: Washington State. This is obviously not much of a surprise. It has been well-documented just how bad the Cougars were last season. But they still were able to knock off Washington in the Apple Cup to avoid a last-place finish. The problem is the Huskies figure to make more strides than the Cougars this season. Washington State has questions all over the field,  and there is no real reason to be convinced they will be answered anytime soon. One possible jolt is the addition of Cal transfer James Montgomery at running back, but he doesn’t have much of a line to block for him or a passing game to provide balance. It should be another long season in the Palouse.

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Basketball: Pac-10 at Vegas, Day 6

Here’s how former Pac-10 players fared Wednesday in NBA summer league play at Las Vegas:

– DETROIT PISTONS 96, NEW YORK KNICKS 73. NYK: Jordan Hill (Ariz) 14 points, 5 rebounds, 28 1/2 minutes.

– MILWAUKEE BUCKS 87, CHICAGO BULLS 72.  MB: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (UCLA) 9 points, 8 rebounds, 31 minutes; Salim Stoudamire (Ariz) DNP;  CB: Taj Gibson (USC) 12 points, 8 rebounds, 10 PF,  25 minutes; Josh Shipp (UCLA) 9 points, 1-for-9 FGs, 21 1/2 minutes.

– TORONTO RAPTORS 74, PHOENIX SUNS 73.  TR: DeMar DeRozan (USC) 20 points, 9-for-16 FGs, 32 minutes; PS: Robin Lopez (Stan) 11 points, 3 rebounds, 24 minutes.

– D-LEAGUE STARS 105, SACRAMENTO KINGS 86.  SK: Jon Brockman (Wash) 11 points, 4 rebounds, 23 minutes; Spencer Hawes (Wash) DNP.

– HOUSTON ROCKETS 87, PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 82.  HR: Rod Benson (Cal) 0 points, 2 rebounds, 3 minutes; Chase Budinger (Ariz) 17 points, 1 rebound, 19 1/2 minutes; Maarty Leunen (Ore) 14 points, 5 rebounds, 28 1/2 minutes; Hassan Adams (Ariz) DNP.  PTB: Jeff Pendergraph (ASU) 11 points, 5 rebounds, 8 PF, 29 minutes; Jerryd Bayless (Ariz) 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 TOs, 30 1/2 minutes.

– DENVER NUGGETS 77, WASHINGTON WIZARDS 70.  WW: Dominic McGuire (Cal) 4 points, 5 rebounds, 6 TOs, 29 1/2 minutes; Nick Young (USC) 17 points, 3-8 3PT, 35 minutes.

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Basketball: The final numbers on Max

Cal sophomore Max Zhang and his Chinese teammates finished the World University Games by posting victories over the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, bringing their final record to 2-4.

Zhang wound up leading the tournament in rebounding (17.3) and blocked shots (5.6) and was seventh in scoring (18.0) after a 17-point, 17-rebound performance (in just 20 minutes) vs. UAE, followed by a 21-point, 22-rebound effort vs. South Africa.

Until we see evidence to the contrary in a collegiate setting, we’ll hold off suggesting these performances will translate immediately into something substantial for the Bears. But clearly this was a huge experience for Max, who should gain confidence and motivation as he returns to Berkeley.